Half of YouTube's traffic now mobile; WhatsApp's voice calling dials iOS

Quick news from around the Web.

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> Microsoft announced new upgrades to its Band wearable device. Article

> New research shows that half of all of YouTube's traffic now comes from mobile. Article

> Apple increased its spending on lobbying in the United States, with a focus on mobile payments. Article

> Microsoft issued a minor update to its Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones. Article

> Broadcom surpassed expectations for its profit with solid sales to smartphone makers. Article

> WhatsApp is bringing voice calling to iOS. Article

> BlackBerry is purchasing security company WatchDox for around $150 million. Article

> Sales of video games and cameras are raising Sony's revenues. Article

> Sequans Communications and Expway showed off technology that brings LTE broadcast service to an LTE-Wi-Fi router. Article

> ZTE sued Huawei, alleging the cameras in Huawei's new Huawei P8 and MediaPad X2 smartphones infringe on ZTE patents. Article

Online Video News

> The number of multiscreen devices used within each household worldwide has reached the highest point yet, averaging two devices, such as a smartphone or tablet, per three-person home. And they're present in 28 percent of households across the globe, according to a new study released by Conviva. Article

> Amid a continued decline in display-advertising revenue of 7 percent in the first quarter of 2015, to just $381 million, Yahoo is pushing investor focus toward its next-generation advertising initiatives: mobile, video, native and social, or what it dubs "MVNS." It also announced the rollout of two new video-advertising products: native video ads and video app install ads. Article

Telecom News

> Google Fiber may finally get the green light it needs to bring its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service to Portland, Ore., as state lawmakers signed a law that would exempt gigabit Internet service from a decades-old property tax initially intended for microwave towers. Article

Cable News

> Comcast says its Xfinity TV app will be available for the Apple Watch when the device launches at retail Friday, April 24. Article

> Fox and NBC are pushing back against Verizon's move to offer smaller bundles of cable channels. Article

European Wireless News

> Vodafone and MTN plan to collaborate on the provision of mobile money services across East Africa, in what is the latest in a series of international agreements between operators in this field. Article

> Telekom Austria more than doubled its quarterly net income year-on-year in the first quarter of 2015, as a cost-cutting program helped slow down the rate of revenue decline. Article

And finally… @Nasa: "Happy #EarthDay! Here's a recent look at our home planet using data from 6 @NASANPP orbits: go.nasa.gov/1brwe1F pic.twitter.com/QZJEJFClrF."


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